Google Finance is a nifty web-based set of tools for tracing stock prices, researching companies, reading business news, or keeping up to date on your personal portfolio. Unfortunately, the mobile version of the web site left a bit to be desired. This week Google revamped the mobile version of Google Finance so that it’s almost as good as the desktop version.

No when you visit Google Finance on a mobile phone you can click the Markets, Portfolio, or News tab to get an overview of the general markets, your personal stocks, or market news. You can also look up any company by entering its name or stock ticker in the “quote” box.

The Portfolio tab lets you create, delete, or edit your portfolios, view transactions, or sort your stocks by the biggest movers.

Overall the new mobile web page for Google Finance offers pretty much the same experience as the free Google Finance app for Android devices. And it has the same limitation: While you can view info about individual stocks in your portfolio, it doesn’t show you how much your entire portfolio is up or down each day. That’s something that makes the desktop version of Google Finance much more useful if you want to be able to tell if your investments are up 2% or down 50% today.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...